Our Staff & Volunteers






Without a doubt, the Equestriennes (our volunteers)  have been an integral part of the experience that each visitor—and even staff member—receives the moment they walk on our show grounds. From being welcoming ambassadors to fundraising to helping with administrative needs, these incredible volunteers are dedicated to the passion and hard work to ensure the Virginia Horse Center is a success.



Our Staff

We are over 30 years young and the future looks bright.  However, the center's age and large-scale present daily challenges. Our Chief Executive Officer, John Nicholson, is addressing these head on. Nicholson came to the VHC after seventeen years as the head of the Kentucky Horse Park and is commonly credited with the KHP’s unprecedented growth and for bringing the first World Equestrian Games to the US. John’s knowledge and abilities are complemented by an experienced and creative management team Sandra Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, a CPA and former CFO with a NASDAQ listed company. We are confident that this management team together with their experienced staff are highly competent and together will launch us into the next decade.


Download a letter from John Nicholson, CEO.

John Nicholson and Molly the pony Photo by Maureen Gallatin

John Nicholson and Molly.
Photo by Maureen Gallatin

Administrative Staff


Staff Volunteers

The VHCF has many volunteer opportunities which provide proximity to our great events, worthwhile experience, and a fun atmosphere.  Our volunteer opportunities are categorized in four areas but we are always looking for great partners of all talents.

  • Communications – Ensures all constituents and the community receive information in a timely manner. Tasks may include newsletter assembly, putting up flyers, story research, and writing.
  • Good Will Ambassador – Provides walking customer service to visitors/exhibitors during events, improving overall experiences and satisfaction with the facility and staff.  Tasks may include stocking brochures, coupon packs, checking TV screen advertisements and taking on-site feedback from visitors.
  • Administrative Greeter – Welcomes visitors to the VHCF offices (via walk-in, telephone, or computer) and helps them with requests.  Tasks may include routing calls, customer service, and routine office tasks.
  • Show Host – Assists with event management during VHCF owned shows. Tasks may include handing out ribbons, polishing trophies, acting as a runner for show managers, providing customer service for participants and their families, and driving people to and from destinations on the property in golf carts


Join Our Team


The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is a small, team-oriented organization.  We encourage applicants to download and fill out the general employment form found below or to send a résumé with a cover letter applying your experience to the listed position to Bonnie Keene.

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487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Virginia 24450‐3374
Phone: 540‐464‐2950 / Fax: 540‐464‐2999 /Board Login

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Upcoming Events

  1. Lexington Spring Premier ‘AA’ Hunter/Jumper Show

    April 28 @ 8:00 am - May 2 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Lexington Spring Encore ‘AA’ Hunter/Jumper Show

    May 5 @ 8:00 am - May 9 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Bonnie Blue UPHA National Horse Show USEF Rated

    May 13 @ 8:00 am - May 15 @ 5:00 pm